PGMA opens 15,000th Botika ng Barangay in Iloilo

September 25, 2009 9:41 am 

CABATUAN, Iloilo, Sept. 25 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the opening of the 15,000th Botika ng Barangay here Thursday as part of her program to provide Filipinos access to cheaper but quality medicines.

Shortly after arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from her three-country global engagements, President Arroyo proceeded to this municipality to lead the opening rites of an important milestone in Philippine health care.

President Arroyo was welcomed by Iloilo Governor Niel Tupas, 3rd District Representative Arthur Defensor, Cabatuan Mayor Ramon Yee, Presidential Adviser for Western Visayas Raul Banias, Department of Health Undersecretary David Lozada, DOH Regional District representatives and other officials.

She also briefly chatted with several residents who are direct beneficiaries of her Botika ng Barangay program, including Lorna Tulaya and Merly Tilder who both thanked the President for the cheaper prices of medicines now available for their respective families.

The 15,000th outlet was installed at the Tiring Central Elementary School compound here. It is also the 17th outlet in Cabatuan alone. It will benefit at least 7,000 local residents from four barangays.

Residents can buy drugs at half the price in the outlet that contains 25,000 worth of medicines. Prices of medicines in Botika ng Barangay outlets are 62 percent lower compared to leading drugstores.

Medicines being sold in these outlets include over the counter medications for common household illnesses and selected prescription drugs. The half-priced medicines are proven to be essential in the alleviation of common illnesses and directly help ease the burden of high cost of living, especially to those in need.

Botika ng Barangay is part of President Arroyo’s social program to make available frequently used medicines at half the price for the less privileged Filipinos, including senior citizens. (PNA)

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